There was a heavy police presence on Spadina Avenue near Mary Street on Saturday, June 27, 2020. There are unconfirmed reports that a man fell or jumped from a third-floor balcony. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

There was a heavy police presence on Spadina Avenue near Mary Street on Saturday, June 27, 2020. There are unconfirmed reports that a man fell or jumped from a third-floor balcony. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

Large police presence blocks Spadina Avenue in Chilliwack Saturday afternoon

Unconfirmed reports that a man fell or jumped from an apartment balcony

There was a large RCMP presence on Spadina Avenue Saturday afternoon as police responded to an incident at an apartment building.

There are unconfirmed reports that a man fell or jumped from a three-storey balcony before 3 p.m. on June 27.

About a dozen RCMP vehicles, plus the Chilliwack Fire Department and BC Ambulance Service were all on scene.

Some emergency personnel were in full HAZMAT suits which suggested something else might have been going on at the scene, but that type of personal protective equipment has become standard by firefighters attending certain calls, said a paramedic on scene.

The Chilliwack Progress is looking into the incident and will follow up as more information comes available.

While it’s unconfirmed what exactly happened, some witnesses on social media reported that a man intentionally jumped from the balcony.

The Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC has a number of online and telephone distress services that are important to share with vulnerable people.

• There is 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433), a B.C.-wide line.

• The B.C.-wide mental health support line is 310-6789, and the seniors’ distress line is 604-872-1234.

• Online for youth visit www.youthinbc.com or for adults www.crisiscentrechat.ca.


 

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There was a heavy police presence on Spadina Avenue near Mary Street on Saturday, June 27, 2020. There are unconfirmed reports that a man fell or jumped from a third-floor balcony. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

There was a heavy police presence on Spadina Avenue near Mary Street on Saturday, June 27, 2020. There are unconfirmed reports that a man fell or jumped from a third-floor balcony. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

There was a heavy police presence on Spadina Avenue near Mary Street on Saturday, June 27, 2020. There are unconfirmed reports that a man fell or jumped from a third-floor balcony. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

There was a heavy police presence on Spadina Avenue near Mary Street on Saturday, June 27, 2020. There are unconfirmed reports that a man fell or jumped from a third-floor balcony. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)